Underwater archaeologist to talk on excavations Saturday
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Underwater Archaeologist Barto Arnold will talk on excavating treasures of the Spanish fleet on Padre Island on Saturday at the Bayside Historical Society meeting at 2 p.m. at the Bayside Community Center.

The collection from the San Estaben is housed in the Corpus Christi Museum. Hundreds of artifacts were recovered including wrought-iron anchors, cannon, tools, ship’s fittings and fastenings, and silver coin and bullion. Particularly interesting are several items of aboriginal manufacture, including a mirror made from a polished iron pyrite nodule and prismatic blades.

Arnold is a Texan, born and reared in San Antonio, and educated at the University of Texas where he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. For more than 20 years he served as the State Marine Archeologist before moving to the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M in 1997.

His major shipwreck projects include the Padre Island Spanish Treasure Ships of 1554 and the LaSalle wreck in Matagorda Bay, 1685, and the Dengigh, a Civil War blockade runner wrecked while it was entering Galveston in 1865.

“This will be a most-interesting presentation,” said Capt. Don Foxhall, spokesperson for the historical society.

Arnold will bring artifacts from his excavations for the audience to see.

“The meetings are open to the public and we invite everyone to come out and hear Barto Arnold.”

Door prizes will be drawn and refreshments will be served. The public is welcome.

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